Mayakoba Golf Classic: Kuchar Gets Career Boost With Win
Mayakoba Golf Classic: Kuchar Gets Career Boost With Win

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On the surface, the stat/factoid circling throughout Golf Twitter on Sunday was eye-popping: Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood both won on Sunday to win for the first time in four years. Since April 20, 2014, to be precise. Both of them on the exact same day then and now.

We don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, because the latest wins are huge for each of them, but there are some caveats. When we're done explaining them, Westwood's win will look even larger. First, Kuchar.

The fans' beloved Kooooch had a miserable 2017-18 season, the kind that makes you think that, uh-oh, he's over 40, and the end is near. Kuchar didn't reach the Tour Championship – in fact, he didn't finish in the top-70; he didn't make the Ryder Cup team for the first time in a decade; and he had fallen to 40th in the world, territory he hadn't inhabited since 2010.

But Kuchar won the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Sunday, withstanding some very shaky and anxious moments to fend off Danny Lee by one stroke. Kuchar was on cruise control until ugly bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15, and he still needed to drain a knee-knocking three-footer for par on 18 to avoid a playoff.

Kuchar thus won on the PGA Tour for the first time since that day in April four years ago, when he won the RBC Heritage for his seventh Tour title. In between, he had won the 2015 Fiji International, but that tournament's

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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